Michael Topham tests Western Digital’s new Wi-Fi hard drive with a built-in SD card slot for wireless back-up on the move
- Windows/Mac compatible
- Wi-Fi, SD card slot and USB 3.0 interface
- Built-in battery, charged via USB socket
- Price: £179
- Website: www.wdc.com
There’s been a flurry of Wi-Fi enabled hard drives hitting the market of late, but Western Digital My Passport Wireless goes one better in the way that it offers an SD card interface, making it an ideal solution for photographers who’d like to back up on the go and control it via WD’s My Cloud app using a smartphone or tablet. Inserting an SD card with 5.45GB of data on it and transferring this to the drive took 11 minutes, 38 seconds – significantly slower than the USB 3.0 interface it also provides, but an acceptable speed nonetheless.
There’s the option to import an SD card data automatically as soon as it is inserted, and imports aren’t interrupted when the Wi-Fi network is changed. The WD My Cloud app also allows users to email, print, or open images in other photo editing apps such as PS Touch or Snapseed.
WD My Passport Wireless – key features
Connect to the drive wirelessly and manage your files using the WD My Cloud app on a smart device.
Western Digital claims the drive’s rechargeable battery should be able to provide up to six hours of continuous video streaming and up to 20 hours of standby time.
Free up space
It’s possible to backup and transfer your images and video to the drive directly from an SD card, using the built-in reader slot.
WD My Passport Wireless – conclusion
The negative aspects are its six-hour battery life, its fairly plasticky build quality and the fact that the 2TB version is fairly bulky compared with the thinner 1TB and 500GB versions. As a device for photographers who use a camera that accepts SD media though, it’s invaluable for backing up your images when you are on the move or on location when carrying a bulky laptop isn’t a practical option.
SCORE: 5 out of 5
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